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3 Areas Where Water Damage Can Go Unnoticed

6/18/2021 (Permalink)

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Here Are Three Areas Where Water Damage Can Go Unnoticed

A hidden leak in a Security, CO, home becomes a problem when mold spores make the dampened materials their host. Water damage in your home can go unnoticed if it does not affect your daily life. When the construction materials of your house, such as drywall or wood, become dampened, they become attractions for mold spores. Leaks can happen virtually anywhere and can go unnoticed when they are caused by:

  • Old roofs
  • Old plumbing systems
  • Torn pipes

1. Ceilings
Your roof can leak due to a bad shingle installment or an outdated roof. The water from a roof leak needs to travel through the attic before it makes a mark on the ceiling as a water stain. A small roof leak may go unnoticed for years and cause structural rotting from mold growth. Check periodically for roof leaks to prevent mold growth.

2. Behind Walls
Your plumbing will travel through walls to make it into bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. A leak can develop behind walls if you have dancing pipes or an old plumbing system. If a leak develops behind the wall, the insulation and drywall will become dampened and create optimal conditions for mold growth. A telling sign of a leak behind your walls is bubbling paint or water stains on the wall.

3. Crawlspaces and Basements
The plumbing system of your house travels through many rooms. Don't forget to check crawlspaces, attics and basements for leaks. These hidden pipes can break and cause a leak that goes unnoticed until water stains develop. Older plumbing systems that do not have rust-resistant materials require more vigilance and maintenance. If your building has an older plumbing system, consider updating it for mold prevention.
Water damage is an attraction for mold, which causes costlier repairs. You can prevent damage by maintaining your plumbing system and checking often for leaks. If your home has mold damage from an unnoticed leak contact a mold remediation service to help.

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